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College Fantasy Football Top Five Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7

Sony Michel

Sony Michel

With this being Week 7 it's hard to believe the college fantasy football season is more than halfway through. Hopefully your team is in good shape as you make your push towards a possible championship.

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Below, you will find AthlonSports.com contributor and CFG writer Mike Bainbridge's five best waiver wire pickups for Week 6. To see the full in-depth article of over 50+ players, make sure to check out CollegeFootballGeek.com.

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Algernon Brown (RB, BYU)

CFG was on Brown as a potential add to your roster last week with the news that Adam Hine is out for what looks to be an extended amount time with an ankle injury. The only hesitation was that he was potentially splitting time with freshman Francis Bernard, who impressed the staff enough to garner more carries as well. That was not the case against East Carolina, though, as Brown carried the rock 24 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns compared to just eight touches for Bernard. If that distribution in carries remains the same, Brown is a must-add if still sitting on the waiver wire.

Sony Michel (RB, Georgia)

There is a slim chance Michel is even available at this point due to the consistent amount of touches he receives even as the backup, but jump on him now if for some reason that remains the case. With Nick Chubb done for the season after suffering a gruesome knee injury on Saturday, Michel will now be thrust into the No. 1 role. We saw the potential Michel has as a starting running back, rushing for 145 yards in the loss to the Volunteers, though he will need to work on ball control as Michel had a crucial fumble late in the first half that eventually led to a Tennessee touchdown. Michel is not Chubb, but is a big-time talent at the position and will thrive as the starter.

Anthony Wales (RB, Western Kentucky)

The thought here was once Wales was 100 percent healthy, he would take over as the Hilltoppers' starting running back, and that looks to have happened this past Saturday against Middle Tennessee. With both Wales and Leon Allen out with injury, freshman D’Andre Ferby had taken reps with the starters the previous three weeks and performed well – 231 yards and four touchdowns. Against MTSU, Wales had 19 carries for 111 yards compared to just eight for Ferby. Our expectation is that Wales is the starter from here on out.

Michael Thomas (WR, Southern Miss)

Slot receiver Casey Martin leads the team in receptions by a wide margin, but it is Thomas who has been finding the end zone of late for Southern Miss with four touchdown catches in the last two games. In addition to that, Thomas now has three straight 100-yard performances, including 109 yards and a score last week against Marshall, which is currently ranked in the top third of FBS teams in pass defense. Southern Miss’ schedule is as soft as can be the rest of the way, with three of its next four opponents ranked 100th or worse in pass defense. Good opportunity for Thomas to continue his recent success.

Justin Hobbs (WR, Tulsa)

The initial belief was that it would be Conner Floyd taking over in place of star receiver Keevan Lucas, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Against ULM, it was the freshman Hobbs who thrived in the No. 3 role with 82 receiving yards and a score. We saw how successful the past few weeks Joshua Atkinson was in the Tulsa offense in a similar role, so the expectation is for Hobbs to fulfill that spot in the rotation and put up similar numbers. Tulsa averages 41 passing attempts per game so there should be ample opportunity for Hobbs to catch the football.

— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and current writer for CollegeFootballGeek.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.